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2019 Summer Pre-College Programs with Financial Aid

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There is no better way for college-bound students to get a feel for the future than participating in summer pre-college programs. Students gain valuable work experience, build relationships, and boost their admissions chances through these opportunities.

Not every program in the U.S. offers sufficient financial aid for under-resourced students, but we have compiled a list of programs that fix that problem. Each entry includes a link to the program’s website, as well as information on program dates, application deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

If you know of any programs that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below.

Programs are listed alphabetically.


Adelphi University Summer Pre-College Program

Garden City, New York

Application Deadline: Rolling admission until full (usually by the end of May)

Application Fee: $0

Program Dates: July 15th-August 3rd (depending on students’ course selections)

Description: Students (rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors) select either a one-week, non-credit course, or a two-week, for-credit course. Working with our professors and instructors, students in the Pre-College Program will participate in hands-on, high impact learning under the guidance of industry experts, and will also participate in social programming, college readiness workshops, and excursions to nearby New York City.

Financial Aid: Partial scholarships (up to $1,000) are available by application. Students are invited to apply for a scholarship after they apply and are accepted to the Pre-College Program.


Babson Entrepreneurial Experience

Wellesley, MA

Application Deadline: TBA; Applications open mid-January

Application Fee: TBD

Program Dates: July 6th-August 4th, 2019

Description: This four-week, on-campus course gives you a unique opportunity to focus on your growth as an entrepreneur. You’ll get immersed in Entrepreneurial Thought & Action (ET&A™)—Babson’s renowned methodology that encourages combining reflection, experimentation, and analysis with action—all while building leadership, communication, presentation and critical thinking skills in a hands-on, team-based environment.

Financial Aid: For assistance paying for this Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience, apply here.


Barnard College Summer in the City

New York City, NY

Application Deadline: Rolling basis until May 27th, 2019 (application fee waived until January 17th, 2019)

Application Fee: $0 until Jan 17th; $35 until February 17th; $75 until May 27th

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 22nd, 2019

Program Dates: June 7th-July 12, 2019; July 7th-August 2nd, 2019

Description: Students select two courses, a morning class and an afternoon class to be attended Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesdays, students participate in our Beyond The Gates series. Areas of study include acting, literature, political science and journalism, among others. See the website for more details.

Financial Aid: Barnard offers a number of partial scholarship awards, as well as one full scholarship for the program. All scholarships are based on financial need and have their own deadline. Find out more and apply here.


Bard College Young Writers Workshop

Bard College at Simon’s Rock – Great Barrington, MA

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions beginning in January until the program is full (usually in May)

Application Fee: $0

Program Dates: July 7th-July 27th, 2019

Description: Students in grades 9-11 have the opportunity to build their writing skills in the Young Writers Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. This three-week program is designed to build confidence and develop greater fluency in writing in areas ranging from fiction to nonfiction. The program consists of small groups of students meeting in three, 90-minute sessions each day. Portfolio progress checks occur each week. Students live on campus in the dorms along with the staff and are able to experience campus life.

Financial Aid: Financial aid and certain scholarships varying from $12,000-$20,000 are available to assist students in attending the program. Find information on financial aid and scholarship options here.


Boston University PROMYS

Boston, MA

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019 (sign up here to be alerted when the application is available)

Date: June 30th-August 10th, 2019

Description: PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.  Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.

Financial Aid: Check out financial aid options here.


Calvin College Entrada Scholars

Grand Rapids, MI

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Program Dates: July 12th-August 8th

Description: High school juniors and seniors can enroll in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology. Social outings, such as a beach trip to Lake Michigan, also is available during this program, which include a talent night, group devotions, and use of Calvin’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: There are various scholarships available, including the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship.


Camino al Futuro

George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Date: June 30th-July 19th, 2019

Description: This summer scholarship program is for motivated high school juniors going into their senior year. The program cultivates leadership potential in students who want to shape the political, economic and social issues that affect Hispanic and Latin communities.

Financial Aid: This is a fully funded program; there is no cost to apply, as long as you select the “3-Week College Intensive” option and then choose “Caminos al Futuro.”


Camp College

Four Illinois Locations:

Augustana College

Knox College

Monmouth College

Western Illinois University

Application Deadline: 2019 TBA

Program Dates: 2019 TBA

Description:  Camp College is a free opportunity for rising seniors to learn about aspects of a college search and application process from college and high school counselors. Students live on a college campus while attending sessions on the college-application process. Students will be provided food and lodging.

Financial Aid: Generous support of IACAC and other sponsors mean there is no cost to students. A $20 deposit is required to hold your seat and will be refunded at the end of the program.


Carleton College Summer Program

Northfield, MN

Application Deadlines:

Feb. 15th, 2019 – First-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants and final deadline for international applicants

March 22nd, 2019 – Second-round deadline for general and scholarship applicants (this is the last day to apply for a scholarship for summer 2019)

Applications are accepted after March 22nd, but not for scholarship and on an available-space basis.

Program Dates: Varies, refer to the college’s website (link is above)


Liberal arts – Introduces black students to the strengths of a liberal arts education through a variety of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.

Quantitative reasoning institute – College-level experience in how social scientists think about the world. Students measure important variables of study, prepare research and present their findings.

Science institute – Learn how different areas of science link together. Students have the opportunity to complete a guided research project and earn college credit.

Writing program – High school juniors with strong reading and writing abilities, the program teaches students how to compose academic papers similar to those they will write in college

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is available for these programs. Each program has different qualifications for financial aid and scholarships, so check Carleton’s website for details. The liberal arts program is free for all accepted applicants.


Camp 4 Scholars at Kenyon College

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2019

Program Dates: June 9th-June 28th, 2019

Description: Camp 4 Scholars is open to both rising seniors and juniors. The program uses the disciplines of Neuroscience, History, English Composition and the Visual Arts to develop critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral presentation skills.  Students are introduced to college-campus culture and to life in the dormitory. During the program, students also attend workshops and receive individual counseling on the college admissions process.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available for students who demonstrate financial need as part of their application.


Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Summer Program

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Program Dates: June 27th-August 10th, 2019

Description: These pre-college programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about — from the classroom to what’s happening on weekends. You’ll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

Financial Aid: Some financial and merit-based scholarships are available to select students who have been accepted into the music program. There are also a limited number of Tuition Waivers available.


Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Math and Science

Pittsburgh, PA

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2019

Program Dates: Registration and opening day are June 28th. The program closes on August 10th, 2019

Description: This program is for rising high school seniors. Participants will engage in hands-on learning and research via science and engineering projects, which will help them build the academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities.

Financial Aid:  There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend the Summer Academy for Math and Science.


Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS)

CAPS students in labWaterville, ME

Application Deadline: TBA 2019

Program Dates: TBA (late June/early July through early to mid-August)

Description: The Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) begins with a Colby-funded summer research experience that equips select incoming students with the quantitative and laboratory skills necessary for success in natural science courses.


CAPS participants spend six weeks at Colby during the summer prior to their first year conducting collaborative research with professors, completing science-focused course work, and getting to know other students on campus. Crafted by Colby faculty members, this program is specifically designed to help students become well-versed in scientific research methods in the lab and field, to get to know professors, and to create lasting bonds with their classmates—a formula for success in the sciences at Colby.

Financial Aid:  There is no cost for students to participate in the CAPS program. CAPS students receive a stipend of $2,500 plus room and board for the six-week program; all travel and off-campus activity expenses are also paid.


College Horizons Program

University of Michigan: June 15-21

Brown University: June 22-28

Application Deadline: February 4, 2019

Description: College Horizons is an annually occurring college admission workshop for Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Native American sophomores and juniors in high school. College Horizons is held each summer at different college campus partners.

Students experience residential life on a college campus while also learning extensively about the college admission and financial aid process.  Expert faculty work one on one with students to help prepare them to put their best foot forward in the college application process, while also receiving guidance on selecting, affording and thriving on a campus that fits.  College Horizons is the only workshop of its kind – a program focused solely on serving the unique needs and experiences of Native students throughout the nation and bringing that perspective into the college selection and application process.

Financial Aid: N/A


Colorado State University Native Education Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2019

Program Dates: June 24th-June 29th, 2019

Description: The Native Education Forum is a 5-day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn one academic credit, research issues critical to Native American/indigenous communities and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process. While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect indigenous communities.

Financial Aid: You may be eligible for the “Partnership Award.” Please contact Leslee Lovato at


Colorado State University Black Issues Forum

Fort Collins, Colo.

Application Deadline: Opens in February 2019, Closes March 5th, 2019

Program Dates: June 11th-June 15th, 2019

Description: The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students — completing their junior year of high school — a vehicle to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the black community at the local, state, national and/or global level.

Financial Aid: You may be eligible for the “Partnership Award.” Submit any questions you have to Counselor Bobby Browning.


Cornell Engineering Experience

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: May 3rd, 2019

Program Dates: June 22nd-August 6th, 2019

Description:  Are you excited by math and science? Do you want to improve the world? Would you like to envision and implement solutions to the important challenges of our time? If so, we invite you to Cornell this summer to explore diverse and exciting career opportunities in the practice of engineering.


Cornell University Summer College

Ithaca, NY

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2019, except for RABS, which accepts until March 8th, 2019. The Financial Aid deadline is April 5th, 2019, for all programs except RABS, which has a financial aid deadline of March 8th, 2019.


Program Dates:

Three-week, session 1 June 22nd-July 13th, 2019
Three-week, session 2 July 14th-August 3rd, 2019
Six-week programs June 22nd-August 5th, 2019


Five-week program June 29th-August 3rd, 2019
Architecture, RABS, Dual Programs June 22nd-August 3rd, 2019
Non-credit Robotics Program June 29th-July 13th, 2019


Description: Choose a two-, three-, five-, or six-week program, where you’ll earn transferrable credits from Cornell University in subjects such as architecture, business, engineering, human rights, science, and veterinary medicine. Courses are taught by Cornell faculty, giving you an unrivaled learning experience with some of the university’s best professors.

Financial Aid: Summer College offers a limited number of partial scholarships that are awarded based on a family’s demonstrated financial need, a student’s academic achievement and promise and availability of funds.


Cronkite Institute for High School Journalism: Summer Journalism Institute at Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Program Dates: June 2nd-June 14th, 2019

Description: For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication brings top-performing high school students to ASU for two weeks of intensive, hands-on experiences in broadcast and digital journalism.

Financial Aid: For questions, email


Davidson July Experience

Davidson, NC

Application Deadline:  Priority deadline is March 1st, 2019; Final deadline is April 1st, 2019.

Program Dates: June 30th-July 20th

Description: July experience is a powerful pre-college summer academic experience for rising high school juniors and seniors who are highly motivated, academically oriented and self-disciplined. It takes place on the campus of Davidson College.

Financial Aid: Scholarships might be available to students with financial need. This financial aid is awarded on the basis of need and academic achievement. Financial aid requests should be submitted at the time of your application and are due March 31.


Elmhurst College STEM Academy

Elmhurst, IL

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: TBA

Description: The academy is a two-week program for students between their junior and senior years in high school who are considering careers in areas such as mathematics and natural and physical science. In classes and seminars, you’ll sharpen your math skills, explore important topics in science and master a variety of computer programs.

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available. For further information about scholarships or the academy in general, please email Christine Genier at


Emory Pre-College Program

Atlanta, GA

Application Deadline: Financial Aid is due by May 1st, 2019, although applications are accepted until anywhere between May 6th and June 28th, depending on the program and session. Check individual deadlines here.  

Program Dates

Session A (noncredit): June 16th-June 29th

Session B (noncredit): June 30th-July 13th

Session C (noncredit): July 14th-July 27th

Infectious Diseases Institute: June 30th-July 20th

International Scholars Institute: June 30th-July 13th

Session 1 (credit): May 20th-June 18th

Session 2 (credit): July 1st-August 9th

Description: The program gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors a glimpse of academic and residential life. High-school students can explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields, enroll in classes with college students and earn transferable college credit.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: Awards range between $500 and $1500, depending upon need and academic merit. Awards will not cover the full program cost. Financial aid deadline preferred deadline is May 1st.


Google in Education Computer Science Summer Institute

Atlanta, GA / Austin, TX / Cambridge,  MA / Chicago, IL / Kirkland, WA / Los Angeles, CA / Mountain View / CA, New York,  NY / Pittsburgh, PA / Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: Applications open on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, and close on Monday, March 18th at 11:59 PM PT

Program Dates:

    • Alabama A&M University (Huntsville, AL): June 16th-July 5th, 2019
    • North Carolina Central University (Durham, SC): July 14th-August 3rd, 2019
  • CSSI-Extension
    • California State University Chico: TBA
    • California State University Monterey Bay: TBA
    • California State University San Marcos: TBA
    • Loyola Marymount University (LA, California): TBA
    • Northeastern Illinois University: TBA
    • Queen’s College CUNY: TBA
  • CSSI at Google (Residential)
    • Seattle, WA: July 9th-July 29th
    • Cambridge, MA: July 14th-August 3rd
    • Kirkland, WA: July 14th-August 3rd
    • Mountain View, CA: July 14th-August 3rd
    • Pittsburgh, PA: July 14th-August 3rd
  • CSSI at Google (Commuter): July 9th-July 29th (all programs)
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Chicago, IL
    • Detroit, MI
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • New York, NY

Description: Kick off your college studies in computer science with a summer program at Google. Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. Students participate in an intensive, interactive and hands-on program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering and other closely related subjects.

At CSSI, students study programming fundamentals with Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google’s most exciting, emerging technologies, and design and develop their own application with fellow participants.

Attendees will enjoy a unique residential experience in dorm-style housing at local universities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships: CSSI is an all-expenses-paid program. Google will provide housing, meals and transportation for invited students.


Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics

Amherst, MA

Application Deadline: No official deadline, however, last year they ran out of spaces in April. Apply early!

Program Dates: June 30th-August 10th, 2019

Description: HCSSiM is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. It is demanding and expanding. Participants spend a major portion of each day actively engaged in doing mathematics (not simply learning the results of mathematics). HCSSiM students live in the dorms at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for six summer weeks, and study and play in its fields, woods, and academic buildings (not typically in that order).

Financial Aid: There is some financial aid available through the program, which you can read about here, but they also recommend third-party grants.


Harvard University Summer Programs

Cambridge, Mass.

Application Deadline: February 1st at noon for early consideration. May 15th at noon for all other applications.

Program Dates:

  • SESSION I: June 23rd-July 5th, 2019
  • SESSION II: July 7th-July 19th, 2019
  • SESSION III: July 21st-August 2nd, 2019

Description: Join other intellectually curious high school students on campus at Harvard, where you can explore topics as wide ranging as American law, philosophy, computer programming and public speaking. During your two weeks at Harvard, you attend class for three hours a day and participate in college readiness workshops or team-building events. In the evenings, you eat in the dining hall, finish homework in your dorm and attend social activities.

Financial Aid: Scholarships are available to students with outstanding academic records who demonstrate financial need. Financial aid application deadline is Feb. 1 at noon.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign-Research Apprentice Program

Urbana, IL

Application Deadline: March 8th, 2019 by 5 PM

Program Dates: July 7th-August 3rd, 2019

Description: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) is pleased to invite applications from current high school sophomores and juniors of under-served, economically disadvantaged groups, and urban residents to participate in the Research Apprentice Program. Upon completion of the program students may qualify for a monetary award.

Financial Aid: Students invited to participate will be required to pay a $50.00 participation fee.


Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management: Midwest High School Scholars Analytic Academy for Underrepresented Groups

Normal, IL

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019

Program Dates: July 14th-July 19th, 2019

Description: The one-week program is designed especially for above-average African-American, Hispanic, and Native American high school students who excel in mathematics, enjoy learning, and like to solve complicated problems.

Financial Aid: There is no cost to admitted students.


The Kenyon Review Young Writer’s Workshop

Gambier, OH

Application Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Program Dates:

SESSION I: June 23rd-July 6th, 2019

SESSION II: July 14th-27th, 2019

Description: Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. For more than nineteen years, Young Writers has provided a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

Financial Aid: Students can apply for financial aid with their program application. Demonstrated financial need required.


Kettering University Overnight Camps

Flint, MI

Application Deadline: Each program has its own deadline.

Program Dates:

  • AIM-Academically Interested Minds (Grade 11): July 5th-August 2nd, 2019
  • Computer Engineering I (Grades 9-12): July 22nd-26th, 2019
  • Computer Engineering II (Grades 9-12): July 29th-August 2nd, 2019
  • LITES-Lives Improve Through Engineering & Science (Grade 11): July 14th-26th, 2019
  • The Art of Science and the Science of Art (Grades 9-10): July 14th-20th, 2019
  • Summer of a Lifetime (Grade 10): July 28th-August 7th, 2019
  • ESL and Robotics (International HS Students): July 28th-August 10th, 2019

Description: Kettering University has a number of programs designed to inspire students in STEM fields.

Financial Aid: Each program has its own form of aid. Please refer to the website for details.


LEDA: Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America

Princeton, NJ

Application Deadline: December 10th, 2019, at 11:59 PM (PST)

Program Dates: TBA

Description: The Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week program and completely free of charge for LEDA Scholars. It includes leadership training, academic writing instruction, standardized test preparation, college guidance, and community building. The Summer Institute provides LEDA Scholars with a unique range of learning experiences that help them develop and sharpen their problem-solving skills and open the door to reaching their potential as students and leaders.

Financial Aid: There is no cost to admitted students.


Missouri University of Science & Technology Summer Camps

Rolla, MO

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is December 1st, 2018, while the final scholarship deadline is February 1st, 2019 (no application fee).

Program Dates: There are multiple sessions for students off all ages throughout June and July.

Description: Rising juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented ethnic groups can participate in a weeklong program designed to give students hands-on experience seeing what holding an engineering job is like.

Financial Aid: Contact the office of Professional and Continuing Education at or 573-341-6222.


MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

Cambridge, Mass.

Application Deadline: Feb. 1st at 7:59 PM EST

Program Dates: (tentative) June 27th-August 2nd, 2019

Description: Since 1975, this six-week residential program has leveraged a demanding academic atmosphere to help students develop the skills and confidence needed for success in technical fields. Along with calculus, physics, natural science and humanities courses, students take a hands-on elective course and participate in lab tours and social events. MITES serves up to 80 student per year.

Financial Aid: This program is free for all accepted students.


Northwestern University College Bridge Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: March 22nd, 2019

Program Dates: Dates vary according to classes selected, however, all students must attend the College Bridge Orientation and Advising session on May 19th, 2019.

Description: Thanks to a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University, 25 high school juniors from Chicago Public Schools to the College Bridge Program each summer. Students enroll in courses as part of the Northwestern Summer Session and students earn college credit for satisfactorily completed courses. Courses vary from three to eight weeks in length, and are offered at Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Financial Aid: Tuition and textbooks are free.


Northwestern University College Preparation Program

Evanston, IL

Application Deadline: Students must submit their applications by April 15

Program Dates:

  • IN-FOCUS Sessions
    • Session I: June 24th-July 5th, 2019
    • Session II: July 8th-19th, 2019
    • Session III: July 22nd-August 2nd, 2019
  • Course for Credit: All programs begin on June 23rd, 2019

Description: This program allows high school sophomores and juniors to enroll in undergraduate courses on campus for college credit or enroll in a specialized seminar.

Financial Aid: A limited number of scholarships are available for high school juniors who demonstrate financial need and hold strong academic and extracurricular achievement. Applications are due March 1, 2019.


NYU Steinhardt Programs

New York, NY

Application Deadlines: Vary by discipline. See website for details!

Program Dates: Vary by discipline.

Description: Every summer, high school to graduate students participate in NYU’s varied and exciting music and performing arts programs. Their programs vary from several instrumental performance programs including brass, Broadway percussion, improvisational jazz and piano, to vocal performance, music business and music technology.

Financial Aid: NYU offers several performance- and need-based scholarships to accepted applicants. Please see their website for more details.


Penn State Honors Music Institute

University Park, PA

Application Timeline: January 7th-May 1st, 2019

Program Dates: July 14th-20th, 2019

Description: The Penn State Honors Music Institute is an intensive, weeklong immersion in the art of music making for talented high school students. As one of the most exciting summer music camps, specific areas of study include chamber choir, jazz ensemble, piano and wind ensemble. Students entering ninth grade in the fall of 2019 through students who will graduate in the spring of 2019 are eligible to audition.

Financial Aid: Partial scholarships are available to qualified students upon acceptance to the institute. Scholarship Information will be sent with registration materials to accepted participants.


Pomona College Academy for Youth Success

Claremont, CA

Application Timeline: November 9th, 2018-February 22nd, 2019

Program Dates: June 16th-July 12th, 2019

Description: The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) enrolls up to 90 local high school students and seeks to support them in preparing for admission to selective and highly selective colleges and universities. PAYS participants engage in a thought-provoking combination of courses, cultural events, workshops, projects and field trips during the intensive 4-week, residential program as well as throughout the academic year. PAYS serves rising sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education—students who are first in their family to attend college; from low income families; and are African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or part of other underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.

Financial Aid: There is no student cost.


Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

Princeton, NJ

Application Deadline: February 15th, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

Program Dates: August 2nd-August 12th, 2019

Description: About 40 high school juniors from low-income backgrounds will have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day seminar on journalism at Princeton’s campus. Reporters teach students and are from major publications such as the Washington Post and The New York Times. Students must have a minimum unweighted 3.5 GPA, and all expenses, including travel, are included.

Financial Aid: Questions can be directed to


Purdue University Minority Engineering Program

West Lafayette, IN

Application Deadline: April 30th, 2019

Program Dates: June 16th-July 18th, 2019

Description: The Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) program was initiated at Purdue University in the summer of 1975. Originally a two-week program, MITE is now a five-week college simulation program modeled after the Freshman Engineering Academic Boot Camp. MITE attendees are immersed in first year engineering projects. The agenda includes SAT review, engineering design, time management, and social acclimatization to college life. Student participants build a strong sense of community and are able to return to their high schools with a better evaluation of their potential. We have seen an average improvement in SAT math scores of 90 points. The highest increase was 180 points as measured through pre- and post-testing. All participants apply to Purdue at the close of the program.

Financial Aid: a scholarship application is part of the overall SEW application for the program.


Rensselaer PREFACE Summer Program

Troy, NY

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

Program Dates: June 23rd-July 6th, 2019

Description: PREFACE is a two-week residential summer experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for talented high school sophomores and juniors who will enter the 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2019. It is open to students from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or under served in science, engineering and technological fields and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions.

The PREFACE Selection Committee reviews each application and makes its recommendation to the project director. Selection is based on high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay and recommendations. Since all programs are taught in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.

Financial Aid: PREFACE subsidizes each participant’s round-trip transportation to Rensselaer, tuition, fees (including laundry) and room and board for the two-week session.


Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University

Granville, OH

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2019 at 11:59 PM

Program Date: June 16th-23rd, 2019

Description: The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop is open to qualified students who have completed their sophomore or junior year in high school by June of the program year.  We do not admit current ninth graders/rising sophomores. The program fee for the workshop, including tuition, housing, and meals for the 8-day program, is $1,300. (On-campus residency is required.)

Financial Aid: Significant financial aid is available based on need thanks to the Reynolds Endowment.


Scripps College Academy

Claremont, CA

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Date: June 16th-June 29th, 2019

Description: SCA Scholars is a multi-year, intensive pre-college program for female students from the greater Los Angeles area and the Inland Empire. Through mentorship from Scripps College faculty and staff, participants develop the confidence and skills to be well-prepared college applicants, successful college students, and professionals who create positive, lasting change.

Financial Aid: There is no cost to students admitted into the SCA Scholars program.


Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program

Northampton, MA

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is March 1st; final application day is June 1st, but the application fee doubles on April 22nd.

Program Date: July 7th-August 3rd, 2019

Description: A four-week, residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Central to the program is a learning environment that is rich in role models, hands-on, cooperative, investigative and challenging — where girls get all of the faculty’s attention as well as the opportunities and encouragement to achieve their best.

Financial Aid: Available to students with demonstrated need. Financial Aid deadline is March 1.


Stanford Horizon Scholars

Stanford, CA

Application Timeline: January 17th-April 3rd, 2019

Program Dates: June 23rd-August 18th, 2019

Description: Stanford Summer Session’s Horizon Scholars program is a residential scholarship opportunity for low-income, high-achieving rising high school seniors who reside in the state of California to attend the High School Summer College program at little to no cost.

Financial Aid: There is little-to-no cost.


Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

Stanford, CA

Application Deadline: February 13th, 2019

Program Dates: June 23rd-July 27th, 2019

Description: The Summer Residential Program bolsters students’ science skills while introducing them to a host of health-related careers and a taste of life as an undergraduate on campus. To be eligible, students must be able to attend the full five weeks, seven days a week, and live in a residence house on the Stanford campus for the program’s entirety.

Financial Aid: There is no cost for students to attend if they are accepted.


St. John’s Summer Academy

Annapolis, MD / Santa Fe, NM

Application Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis

Program Dates:

  • Annapolis, MD
    • Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law—June 30th-July 6th, 2019
    • Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society—July 7th-13th, 2019
  • Santa Fe, NM
    • Beginnings: Inquiring Into the Origins of Politics, Poetry, and Mathematics—July 14th-20th, 2019
    • The Beautiful and the Sublime: Exploring Visual Forms in Art and Nature—July 21st-27th, 2019
    • Technology and Transcendence: Scientific Ambition and the Human Condition—July 28th-August 3rd, 2019

Description: Our summer program for high school students (ages 15 to 18) is modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. A hands-on introduction to college life, our program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking, and discussion skills. With engaging workshops and awesome off-campus excursions, the Summer Academy is a blast.

Financial Aid: There is limited financial aid available for these programs, and applications are due on or before May 3rd, 2019. Contact the Summer Academy directors for more information.


Summer of Art

Los Angeles, CA

Application Deadline: April 27th, 2019

Program Dates: July 1st-26th, 2019

Description: This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate.

Financial Aid: Summer of Art scholarships are available to students who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to attend. Awards are based on family financial information, portfolio, and grade point average. Due to limited funding, scholarships are only available for U.S. citizens. Unless otherwise stated, awards can be used toward tuition only and cannot be applied toward supplies or other expenses.


The Cooper Union: Summer STEM Program

New York, NY

Application Deadline: March 8th, 2019 (applications accepted on a rolling basis afterwards)

Program Dates: July 1st-August 8th, 2019

Description: The Summer STEM Program is a six-week intensive that immerses current high school sophomores and juniors in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving. Faculty and teaching assistants from the departments of civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering provide students with foundational knowledge and expert guidance to address real-world problems in their respective disciplines of expertise.

Financial Aid: For the $55 application fee, there is a request for waiver email, and there are both full and half tuition scholarships available based on financial need and circumstance.



Irvine, CA

Application Timeline: January 1st-February 1st, 2019

Program Dates: July 7th-August 2nd, 2019

Description: COSMOS has as its mission to motivate the most creative minds of the new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will become leaders for California, the nation, and the world. The program aims to create a community of students who participate in and contribute to an intensive academic experience delivered by distinguished educators and scholars.

Financial Aid: Students can apply for financial aid during the application process.


University of Chicago Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: Priority deadline is February 27th, 2019

Program Dates: June 22nd-July 12th, 2019

Description: Students selected for this program can participate in one of two summer sessions: Awakening Into Consciousness and Contagion: Infectious Agents and Emerging Diseases. Applicants who share the program’s commitment to the Hispanic and Latino communities are invited to apply.

Financial Aid: Program participants receive a full scholarship, which includes course tuition, housing and dining, Student Life Fee, and the cost of travel to and from campus.


University of Chicago Summer Bridge Program for Chicago Public School Students

Chicago, IL

Application Deadline: TBA

Program Dates: TBA

Description: Rising juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools with a minimum 3.6 GPA are eligible for this program. Students are given the opportunity to take courses at the university for college credit.


USC Bovard Scholars

Los Angeles, CA

Application Timeline: November 1st, 2018-February 15th, 2019

Program Dates: TBA

Description: USC established Bovard Scholars to empower outstanding high school students with financial need to dream big. We help you reach higher. We prepare you for success in college — including gaining admission and scholarships to the best schools that are the ideal fit for you — and in your career. That includes thorough exploration of the wide range of options for your future.

Financial Aid: There is no cost for admitted students.


UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program

Madison, WI

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019

Program Dates: June 15th-July 26th, 2019

Description: The UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program helps students explore career options, prepare for the rigors of college and develop strong skills in math and science. Best of all, students will experience first-hand what it is like to be an engineering student at UW-Madison.

Financial Aid: The program is completely sponsored. There are no costs to the students once they arrive on campus. Students and families are required to finance and make travel arrangements to and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summer Scholars Programs

Worcester, MA

Application Deadline: December 17th, 2018-April 1st, 2019

Program Date: Dates range depending on program selected.

Description: High school students can pick from a number of programs that will allow them to explore, discover, and challenge themselves. These programs highlight fields such as robotics, physics, video game design, music, computer science, the humanities and arts, and women’s leadership.

Financial Aid: Partial or full tuition assistance scholarships are offered to eligible students.


Yale Young Global Scholars

New Haven, CT

Application Deadline: February 6th, 2019

Program Dates:

  • Block 1: June 16th-29th, 2019
  • Block 2: July 7th-20th, 2019
  • Block 3: July 28th-August 10th, 2019

Description: Yale Young Global Scholars empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders. The program is highly selective and gives students an unforgettable summer experience. To give students room to flourish in a new learning environment and to explore new academic interests, YYGS does not offer course credit, nor do students receive any quantitative evaluation during or after the program.

Financial Aid: There are a few options for need-based financial aid. Read more about it here.


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